Force Print

In this article we'll learn:

  • How to use Force Print
  • Which parameters and settings can be used in Force Print

1. Overview

In order to quickly upload print files into the Workflow or to send them directly to the printer, we recommend using the Force Print option. Using Force Print you can determine:

  1. Which Print Files, how often (number of copies) and with which scaling you want to apply.
  2. Whether a single job or multiple jobs should be created, as well as which Fixups should be applied to the uploaded Print Files
  3. Which Output Configuration and Finishing settings should be used.

2. Using Force Print

If you want to batch print specific Print Files using a Production Job or send them directly to the printer, proceed as follows:

  1. Select the Automation > Force Print menu item.
  2. The Force Print interface is divided into three separate panels: File Upload [3], Job Parameters [4] and Output and Finishing [5].
  3. Enter the necessary values in the three panels including uploading your files in the file upload area.
  4. Once you have configured everything, you can select either Create Production Job [1] or Send to Printer [2]. The rest will be handled automatically by the Workflow.

Figure 1: The Force Print interface in overview.

You can go through each panel as needed. We provide a more detailed overview in the sub-steps described below.

2.1. Uploading Print Files

Follow these steps for the File Upload panel:

  1. Add the files to be processed to the File Upload area. You can do this by dragging the files into the drop zone [6] or by clicking on the drop zone and selecting files locally.
  2. This will create an entry for each file in the list shown below.
  3. Here you can select the desired number of Copies [7], you can enter individual Print Item Names [8] as well as the Scaling factor [9] which will be applied when uploaded.

Figure 2: The File Upload panel with a list of added files to be processed.

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2.2. Job Parameters

the following settings can be entered in the Job Parameters panel:

  1. Under Mode [10], specify whether you want to create separate Jobs for each file or create a Production Job with multiple items, the Production Job with multiple items option is automatically chosen when the user selects the Split Multipage files into individual Print Items option.
  2. Enter a Job Name [11] for the Production Job. Optionally, you can also enter a Production Date and the Shipping Date.
  3. Select the Split multipage files into individual Print Items [12] option if you are uploading a multipage pdf.
  4. Under the Data Preparation panel, you can select a previously created Fixup Chain [13] and apply it here.

Figure 3: The Job Parameters and Data Preparation panel.

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2.3. Output and Finishing

Select the following settings in the Output and Finishing settings area or save your settings in the form of templates, as follows:

  1. Click on the Configure Template [14] button, select a Printer, Print Configuration, Substrate and Substrate Definition and the Color Policy, Simulation (if needed), Save Ink option and Destination.
  2. If the uploaded print data should also be imposed, select the Impose Mode with the appropriate Impose Template in the Finishing [15] section.

Figure 4: The Output and Finishing panel in overview.

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3. Create Production Job or Send to Printer

Now that you entered the necessary settings for all three panels, you can either Send to Printer, or Create a Production Job. Proceed as follows.

  1. In the action bar, click on Create Production Job [16] to start the upload and check-in process for print items and then create a Production Job. If you want to start the RIP process immediately and transfer the print data to the printer, click on Send to Printer [17].

Figure 5: The action bar in the header when Force Print is selected.

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  1. The print data is transferred to the Workflow and the check-in process is started.

Figure 6: The File Upload panel displays print items that are currently being uploaded and checked-in for a Production Job.

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  1. You must now wait for the upload and check-in process to complete. When the process is complete, the Force Print Finished dialog is displayed.
  2. In this dialog you have the choice to either create a new Force Print Job - Create new Force Print [18], or to go directly to the Production Job List - Go to Production Job List [19].

Figure 7: The Force Print Finished dialog.

 

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4. Creating Output Setting Templates

Recurring types of Production Jobs and processes can also be saved as Output Setting templates. Proceed as follows to create a new Output Setting template in Force Print:

Output Setting Template – Output Setting templates include: a Printer*, Print Configuration*, Substrate*, Substrate Definition*, Color Policy*, Simulation (optional), Destination*. You can optionally choose: a DeviceN Color Correction, Enable Color Management, Cutter, Parameter Set, Cutter Substrate, Color Space Conversion, Rendering Intent, Color Correction, Source Profiles. Output Settings Templates can be used through out the Workflow, i.e., when creating a Production Job, Hotfolder, etc.

To create an Output Setting Template, proceed as follows:

  1. Click on the Configure Template Button in the Output and Finishing panel.
  2. When the Output Settings have been filled in, click on Save [20].

Figure 8: The Output Configuration area of the Configuration - Output and Finishing panel.

  1. After saving your Output Settings Template and you make additional changes after saving, you can overwrite the currently selected Template by clicking on the checkmark icon next to the Template name and a new dialog opens where you can enter the Name [21] and a Comment. To overwrite the template, click on Save.

Figure 9: The Save Template dialog.

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